W Union Square New York City

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The W Union Square in New York at the corner of 17th and Park Avenue East is located in the old 1911 beaux arts Guardian Life building. The location makes for a convenient business hotel during a visit to the city and a quick taxi ride to both mid-town and lower Manhattan. This hotel is a category 6 in the Starwood program requiring 20,000 Starpoints (low season) and 25,000 Starpoints (high season) for an award night.

During a recent trip to New York I decided to re-visit this hotel since I was in the area.

Hotel Check-In And Common Area

The front desk is located on the Park Avenue East side of the hotel.  During this mid-week business stay, I was a Platinum member Starwood Preferred Guest. The front desk agent recognized my Platinum status and offered a choice of points or complimentary breakfast. Since the complimentary breakfast is no more than a muffin and choice or coffee, I went with the 500 points.

Hotel Lobby W Lexington

The hotel living room lounge area is a long hallway where you’ll find the restaurant Olive at the other end. Breakfast is served in Olive’s and if you choose the breakfast amenity, you’ll be offered a choice of pastry and beverage.

Hotel Living Room W Lexington

Room At W Union Square New York

After a few minutes I was handed my key and directed to my Wonderful room. No upgrade was available for this mid-week stay. The elevator areas have nice detail and give the impression of an old office building.

Hallway W Union Square

The room had a small desk area with flat screen television.

Living Room W Square

The room came with a large arm chair located next to the mini-bar and front door hallway.

Living Room 2 W Union Square

The bathroom was large compared to the W hotel on Lexington Avenue.

Bathroom W Union Square

The Wonderful Bed was comfy as expected.

Bedroom Suite W Union Square

Bottom Line

What I like about this hotel the best is the location. Retreating to Union Square in the evening and using this location as a launching point for any evening activities can really give the feel of a break from the daily grind of a traditional business hotel.

At a category 6, this hotel isn’t cheap by award night standards. And with the lackluster breakfast option for top tier elite members, it’s a hard sell over the other options in mid-town. I’m looking forward to comparing this hotel to the Hyatt Union Square which is scheduled to open on March 1, 2013.

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  1. I stayed there this year and will always remember the front desk staff (3 different people) for their rude attitude and their determination to provide as little help as possible. They were so consistently bad it became comical – the embodiment of every negative W attitude stereotype.

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